The Ecstasy of Influence: Nonfictions, Etc.

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Nov 8, 2011 - Literary Collections - 592 pages
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What’s a novelist supposed to do with contemporary culture? And what’s contemporary culture sup­posed to do with novelists? In The Ecstasy of Influence, Jonathan Lethem, tangling with what he calls the “white elephant” role of the writer as public intellectual, arrives at an astonishing range of answers.

A constellation of previously published pieces and new essays as provocative and idiosyncratic as any he’s written, this volume sheds light on an array of topics from sex in cinema to drugs, graffiti, Bob Dylan, cyberculture, 9/11, book touring, and Marlon Brando, as well as on a shelf’s worth of his literary models and contemporaries: Norman Mailer, Paula Fox, Bret Easton Ellis, James Wood, and oth­ers. And, writing about Brooklyn, his father, and his sojourn through two decades of writing, Lethem sheds an equally strong light on himself.
 

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User Review  - Michael Locurto - Goodreads

Lethem is always interesting. I've read four of his novels and one of his non-fiction books, and am looking forward to this one. Read full review

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User Review  - Margaret Heller - Goodreads

Jonathan Lethem is all like "What now, Lawrence Lessig?" I didn't finish this, but I read a solid 300 out of 500 pages before my ebook expired, which is PRETTY IRONIC given the subject matter of the book. *shakes fist at publisher* Read full review

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Contents

Preface
MY PLAN TO BEGIN WITH
DICK CALVINO BALLARD SF AND POSTMODERNISM
Learned at the ScienceFiction Convention
Give
An Introduction
The Epiphany
Everything Is Broken Art of Darkness
Great Death Scene McCabe Mrs Miller
Marlon Brando Breaks
The Drew Barrymore Stories
An Almost Perfect Day Letter to Bonn
The Billboard Men Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel
On a Photograph of My Father
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JONATHAN LETHEM is the New York Times bestselling author of eight novels, including Chronic City, The Fortress of Solitude, and Motherless Brooklyn.


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